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Attar, Malias Lead Yale Past Penn

Attar, Malias Lead Yale Past Penn

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For the first time in seven matches, the Bulldogs went to a fourth set on Friday night.  It worked out for Yale.

The Bulldogs defeated Penn, 3-1, and dominated the final set to remain unbeaten at home this season.  Yale outscored Penn 25-13 in the fourth, and put up 10 of the first 14 points to race past the Quakers.

The scores of the match were 25-15, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-13.  

Kathyrn Attar and Gray Malias posted career-best performances to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth straight home win match to start the season.  Attar had season-best 19 kills with 10 kills, three aces and two assists while hitting .368.  Malias had 13 kills, nearly doubling her prior career best seven, with 10 digs and two aces.  

Malias was responsible for three of the Bulldogs' first eight points of the match.  She gave Yale an 8-4 lead in the first with her third kill of the set, and pushed the lead to 23-15 later in the set. 

Kelley Wirth, who finished with 12 kills, came up with two key kills late in a tighter second set.  Franny Arnautou set up Wirth twice, with the second time giving the Bulldogs a 24-21 lead. 

Penn (5-6, 0-2 Ivy) broke a 19-19 tie in the third set with three of the next four points.  Parker Jones capped the run with an ace. 

Attar followed a Penn error with a kill to cut the deficit to 23-22.  Wirth added a kill to force another set point.

Yale jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the final set.  Attar accounted for the first four points of the set -- four kills to give Yale a quick 4-1 lead.  The Bulldogs led the rest of the set.

The Bulldogs host the defending Ivy League champ Princeton tomorrow at 5 p.m.  The Tigers (9-3, 2-0 Ivy) defeated Brown 3-0 in Providence on Friday evening. 

Bulldog Notes:

Prior to the match, team captain Kelsey Crawford was honored for surpassing the 2,000 collegiate assist mark last week against Brown...Crawford is the ninth Bulldog to reach the 2,000 assist mark and ranks ninth all-time in Yale program history...Yale's 64 kills and 63 digs tonight both marked a season-best...For the second straight match, the Bulldogs held a double-digit edge in digs (63-51)...For the fourth time this season, Izzy Simqu had at least six kills and hit over .400. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity